Posts Tagged ‘Wedding’
Today I want to discuss the importance of insurance for your special event, celebration, wedding and lifestyle. Our expert is Rob Zimny, IU grad, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Shelbyville native from Pfenninger, Claxton and Estelle Insurance Agency in Shelbyville. Rob may be reached at 317.398.9797. You may get free quotes and insurance policies with him with or without having any insurance coverage at his agency. We will chat and try to address some of your concerns for insurance. Note we are not selling nor advising, just bringing some information to the table. Let’s start with Renters Insurance. A lot of you rent an apartment or home. Renter’s insurance is inexpensive and a lot of times you are able to get renters insurance with the same company you have your auto insurance with. It’s usually about $10 more a month and you are getting $25,000-$30,000 on your personal property (furniture, clothes, computer) Jewelry needs to be scheduled on your homeowners or renters and insured for an agreed value. It confirms you are getting pretty much what you exactly have. Let’s make an example, if you have a flawless one carat diamond that you purchased for $7000 and you have it specifically scheduled for agreed value, if that ring was lost or stolen you would get the same agreed quality for similar value. If you did not, you may get a one carat diamond coming from WalMart or possibly a check for $2,000 instead of $7,000. It could possibly not be the same like, kind and/or quality. Gentlemen, make sure to get the engagement ring insured as soon as you purchase it. Weddings, Farm or Outdoor events: Who/What to insure??? The person that owns the property would need to carry the homeowner/farm insurance. The hosts are approving the event and the property is in their name. They need to look into a one day or weekend policy. Ideally, everyone would have insurance, farm owners, parents and the hosts. If the hosts or family live out of state, they would need to investigate with their insurance provider. Laws may be different and it would be best to research this. Two people that live separately ( both have renters or homeowners insurance) generally would be covered. The insurance company would determine how to split the coverage if there was a problem and it would be the decision of the insurance company. It is a tricky situation and would take time to determine the resolution. A suggestion would be a rider for the day and they would also have an umbrella policy usually to $150-$200 per year for $1000000 up to $5,000,000 and a one day special event on top of this The umbrella policy covers a year i.e. if you have $500,000 on your personal liability and you had an accident you would have an umbrella. A young couple that have one car and they are renting are not the ideal couple for the insurance. The ideal client that would be liable would be someone that has property, value etc to lose several cars, their main home, lake home, boats etc. Once the amount of liability you have is used up, the rest comes out of your pocket i.e. your house, personal property, car or more. Lots of times, prominent individuals especially, want to make sure they are covered in case they are sued or if there was any type of injury. Ask the question…. If you are going to be sued what do you have to lose? Serving alcohol and the number of guests helps determine the insurance coverage fee. Gifts: Gifts are in a car and the car is broken into. It’s covered if you have auto insurance. If you are at your venue and gifts were stolen it may be hard to recover. More than likely turning the claim in would be more than the deductible. Travel Insurance: This is something you should check into prior to making any reservations. You need to make sure you know exactly what it covers and if this is what you desire. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Rob.
Throughout your wedding planning you have envisioned making sure to WOW your guests with your invitations, décor, linens, cocktails, dinner and entertainment. Each element of your wedding or event sets a tone and excites your guests about being part of the experience.
Have you ever thought about the party ending? What about the departure? Would you like to make it as memorable as the entry into your ballroom? Ceremony or reception, your departure will leave a happy memory for you and guests.
Don’t overlook the wedding departure. It can be fun and fabulous! What better experience than to leave your guests with another unexpected, happy and exciting moment? We have offered some images of past weddings that we hope will WOW you and give you the inspiration you may need to create your very own Grand Departure. Make sure to let us know what you decide.
This is one of the BEST TIMES of your life. You are so excited about being engaged and all the upcoming planning of your wedding. Chances are your wedding may be THE biggest event you ever plan. We’re here to help with some advice on attending Bridal Shows.
Bridal Shows are a very helpful tool in planning your wedding. They familiarize you with many different services and vendors. You’ll be able to see a wide range of talent and service menus.
Here are some tips that we suggest when attending shows.
1. Get your discount tickets prior to the show.
2. Arrive early. It’s always best to be one of the very first there. The vendors are fresh, there should be several giveaways and there’s lots of time to ask questions.
3. Eat something healthy prior to arriving. You’ll be sampling wedding cake, hors d oeuvres and favors all day. Who can resist wedding cake?????
4. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. This excursion could take several hours. Make sure you feel great and are able to move easily amongst the different areas the venue may provide. Take a bottled water. You’ll be glad you did.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Vendors are prepared to answer your many questions and help you. Don’t be afraid to ask if there are any “show specials” or coupons to use too.
6. Take the groom, your mom and/or your maid of honor too. This is a fun time and it will be valuable to share opinions.
6. Take a close look at the vendors booths and their preparations. This is a detailed industry and you’ll want to work with individuals that really know how to make details work and give a great presentation
7. Print out a sheet of return address labels for drawings. This will eliminate a lot of sign up time. There will be drawings and sign ups. You’ll be able to breeze through them.
8. Bring a pad to take notes and a big bag for your goodies, you’ll be glad you did.
9. Don’t set a time limit on the day.
10. Enjoy this experience and have FUN!
If you have any questions or worries, please contact us. We are always happy to hear from you.
Pantone has just announced the color of the year for 2014. We have anxiously been awaiting this announcement. Each year, it is so much fun to see what the color will be. This year it is a hue of purple and we love it!!! (of course)
Did you know that purple is considered a neutral? It has warm AND cool tones which make it a very compatible color partner. The new color is soft, but yet powerful enough to stand alone. What colors will you pair it with? Make sure to let us know.
Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:
- PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
- PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
- PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
- PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
- PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
- PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
- PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
- PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
- PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
- PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
- PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
- PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
- PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
- PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
Out with the rice and in with the wedding wands! Wedding wands are fun and add a splash of color as you’re exiting the ceremony or your reception with your Groom in tow. You want to know a little secret? They’re also really easy to make!
What you need to get the job done:
- Wood Dowels (You can purchase a pack of 50 from Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby for around $9.97)
- Ribbon (Satin looks the best and a medium width works well but if you want to add a bell we recommend getting ribbon that is slim in size to easily secure the bell. We like using several colors that are in the wedding palette for added “pop”)
- Bells (optional)
Those items are easy to gather and they can all be found at Wal-Mart and/or Hobby Lobby right there in the craft section. The ribbon can vary in price depending on the type you decide to go with but can usually be purchased for under $5 per spool.
- Cut pieces of ribbon to be about 2ft long. (This doesn’t have to be exact but make sure your ribbon is long enough to tie a knot and still have plenty of ribbon to wave around.)
- Tie a piece of ribbon at the top of your wood dowel. (I recommend tying (separately) three pieces of ribbon to each dowel).
- Add a bell! Just slide a piece of ribbon that is already secured to the dowel through the loop of the bell and tie a knot to secure the bell. (Remember to use the slim ribbon to tie the knot!)
- Give that wedding wand a try and wave it around!
Warning: Making wedding wands can be very time consuming so leave yourself plenty of time! Tying wedding wands before the day of your “I do’s” is not recommended and the looks you will receive from your bridal party are not worth it!
Extras:The saying, “Give a wave for the new Mr. and Mrs.” can be printed on cardstock and attached to each wedding wand or displayed by your wedding wands to give your guests a little hint of what to do with these things!
Good luck! Post pictures of your wedding wands to our Facebook page. We love to see your work!
Here are some great tips from one of our best resources www.marthastewartweddings.com
For a Religious Ceremony
Any clergy person who officiates will want the couple’s interests to be deep-seated and to extend beyond the architecture of the church. If the couple practices the same religion and are members of a church or synagogue, then the choice of officiate is probably clear. Someone who is not a member of a church or synagogue can find a clergy person by calling local churches and a religion’s national headquarters for referrals.
What to Ask
During the first meeting with a religious officiate, start by asking questions about his or her approach to the service and what the ceremony will entail — whether there will be a speech or a sermon, and whether the couple can offer input on the subject. Should the couple choose to add some personal touches to the ceremony, such as writing their own vows, they can ask the officiate for suggestions and advice.
Religious Officiate Budget
If either the bride or groom is a member of the congregation, the couple may not need to pay a fee to be married by a clergy person. It is appropriate, however, to give him or her a gift of appreciation and gratitude. For nonmembers, the fee for a religious officiate can range from $100 to $250, especially if there are prenuptial meetings. Payment is expected for all of the officiate’s travel expenses. Sometimes the fee for having the wedding at a house of worship is taken in the form of a donation, which can range from $50 to $1,000. It is customary for the best man to hand over the payment immediately after the ceremony.
For an Interfaith Marriage
Not too long ago, it was nearly impossible to find an ordained officiate to perform an interfaith ceremony. Today, although there are some hurdles, the climate for an interfaith ceremony is much warmer. Many clergy will perform this type of ceremony alone, or with an officiate of another faith. Couples who are met with resistance from within their own religions can turn to a third, more liberal religion, such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is supportive of interfaith marriages across any lines, regardless of whether the bride or groom is a member of its church. Some couples choose to celebrate their vows in the tradition of both religions and have two ceremonies, in which case only the date of one and one signature will appear on the official wedding certificate.
For a Civil Ceremony
A nonreligious ceremony can be just as expressive as a religious one. If it has been cleared with the officiate, the couple may write their own vows and incorporate readings, music, and themes into the ceremony. Exactly who qualifies to be a certified officiate varies from state to state, so be sure to check with the local marriage-license bureau for its rules. Some government officials may perform weddings outside government offices, but the rules for this also vary widely, so check with the local government to find out what is permissible.
The cost of having a judge, a county clerk, or another government official perform the ceremony depends on the locality. The fee may vary if the officiate goes to the site, or if the ceremony takes place at a city hall. As for a religious service, it is customary for the best man to hand over payment after the ceremony.
Please contact us for more information on how we may help you.
What’s the best RX prescription for happily ever after? Two doctors falling in love!
What a great experience to work with Drs. Fred and Yelena Makori on their wedding. We first met Yelena and her mother a year prior to the wedding. Yelena and Fred were so busy working on their medical residencies and living apart. It was trying times, but they had one thing to really look forward to; their marriage.
It was so much fun to partner with Yelena and her mom, working from a distance, on a a big day back here in Indy. Regular calls and lots of our coordination services were just the right prescription for this busy bride. We tried to make all of her planning “appointments” easy and get lots done in big “doses”.
We were thrilled to help Yelena not only with the coordination services, but design too. Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Marriott North. Yelena had chosen beautiful white linens and chair covers accented with black satin. We added gold chargers, lots of golden mercury glass candlelight and beautiful pale pink posies for a romantic and elegant look.
We were able to incorporate a lot of personalization into the wedding; especially with Fred’s Kenyan (Africa) background. I so admired Fred and his family. Leaving Kenya and coming to the USA to live and to work had a lot of challenges; not one challenge that Fred nor his family would not overcome. What a story, what a family! <3
We wanted everyone to have a good time. We added spices and flavors to the food, made sure the music was familiar to the guests and fantastic, plus provided a great venue for all those travelling out-of-state and out of county. Our guests loved every minute. The DJ played many unfamiliar tunes to us, but really familiar to our guests. It was fun to hear and feel the beat of the drums as the DJ called out the music that everyone loved to dance to and enjoy- a great prescription. The late night dessert bar was pink and perfect as well. Tiny bites of pastries and cups of fluff lured guests to enjoy one more moment of this grand and unforgettable day.
We are so happy for Yelena and Fred. They made us so very proud of them and we hope we made them so very happy!
Coordination and Design: Kim King Smith Events
Venue: Marriott North http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/indno-indianapolis-marriott-north/
Stationery: Kim King Smith Events/Carlson Craft
Different uses for Mason Jars at your wedding
Vintage styling is very popular today among clothing and accessories, but it is especially characterized for country inspired weddings. There are many ways you can decorate your venue and reception with unique items, such as Mason Jars, barn wood, old iron works, fencing and containers. The Mason jar is so popular and has a lot of uses. Did you know that Mason jars were invented by John Mason to improve the process for preserving and canning food? Your grandmother’s food, as a child, was probably prepared in a Mason jar.
Today, they are used as decoration, and make for very unique, cute décor for many brides. Whether you use 10 or 100, they add a nice DIY (do it yourself) look that fits perfectly into a vintage/ rustic theme wedding. Here are some great ways to use them:
Centerpieces for tables
Hanging Mason jar candle holders
All aboard! Destination, Happily Ever After! Our October 8, 2011 wedding at St. Luke’s Catholic Church
and the Grand Hall/ Union Station, Indianapolis was definitely a dream trip for our Bride and Groom, Josh and Leslie. Their love story
begins upon meeting at their alma mater, Butler University. The friendship grew into a romance that has been filled with joy and love! When the couple became engaged they immediately came to us to begin design of their
wedding. They had two details in place; the church, St. Luke’s Catholic Church and the reception, Grand Hall/Union Station a historic train station located downtown in Indianapolis.
Our wheels began rolling and we went right on track to givethis couple a ride of a lifetime! Beginning with the save the dates, we loved our designers creation of a train ticket to attend the couple’s wedding in hues of their wedding palette-midnight blue and sunny yellow.
After months of planning, the arrival day is here and the guests begin checking in to St. Luke’s for a full Mass. After the intimate vows and well wishes, the wedding party departs onto a trolley to take them to a destination of special sites for pictures on Butler’s Campus the Indianapolis Art Museum and at the Holcomb Gardens, while their guests begin “rolling” into the Grand Hall
As their guests arrive they are greeted by a huge ice luge carved into a train engine. Guests gathered to view it and grab a signature drink, the Tarble Tini (named after the new Mr.and Mrs. Tarble). The majestic carved wooden bar with marble and leaded glass lured guests to enjoy the moment before the “last call” for dinner.
Next, guests filed into the ball room and were “directed” to their “assigned seats”. Each seat had a special place card with a small ticket assuring the guests “great service” and their selected meal. The crisp white linens and midnight blue napkins were the perfect accents for the array of sunny blooms and twinklingcandlelight that the tables offered.
What a treat it was to have the Bride’s father and his band play for dancing and celebration. The
Atlanta, Georgia based band, Gypsy Union, journeyed to Indianapolis to provide an out of state and extraordinary experience for the guests.
Much too soon the last call was sounding as guests knew the final destination was in sight. Scurrying outside to see the Bride and Groom depart for their journey, guests grabbed sparklers that ignited against the midnight blue velvet skies like shooting stars. The Bride and Groom jumped on to a rickshaw and headed for their final destination; Happily Ever After!
Coordination: Kim King Smith, Kim King Smith Events www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Photography: Megelaine Photography www.megelaine.com
Floral: Jim Sims, Kim King Smith Events, www.kimkingsmithevents.com
Makeup: Makeup by Sparkle www.makeupbysparkle.com
Hair: Trilogy Salon www.trilogyindy.com
Band:Gypsy Union www.gypsyunionstudios.com
Emcee: DJ Ted Breen, Party Time Sound www.partytimesound.com
AV: Evans Audio Visual www.evansav.com
Invitations: Lemonseed and Co www.lemonseedandco.com
Ice Sculptures: Jose Hernandez www.hernandezicesculptors.com
Venu and Catering: Crowne Plaza, Grand Hall Historic Union Station www.ichotelsgroup.com
Church: St. Luke’s Catholic Church www.stluke.org
Gown: Watters Design, Brides by Lori www.bridesbylori.com
Linen:: BBJ Linens www.bbjlinens.com
Rickshaw: Circle City Pedi Cabs www.circlecitypedicabs.com